By DEUCE NIVEN
An apparent home invasion incident near Tabor City late Saturday resulted in an exchange of gunfire that left one man injured and investigators working to determine exactly what happened and who was responsible, Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Clear immediately was that Brian David Riggins, 21, of Pine Circle Road in the Green Acres Subdivision, was injured in the gunfire, a report by Deputy Patrick Herring said.
Riggins was on the floor of the home at Peacock Road and F.M. Watts Road when Herring responded to the call, just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Riggins had a gunshot wound to the neck, and a 9mm handgun was on the floor by his side, the report said.
Residents of the home, Jimmy Ray Huggins, 28, who showed a Marlowe Road address; Laqueya Shaneya Hardee, 25, of Nobles Road, Loris; and three young children fled the home before deputies arrived, and flagged down police in Tabor City, a report by MSGT Michael Jamison of the Tabor City Police Department said.
Huggins told Jamison and Tabor City Det. Ken Elliott that two men “wearing all black kicked in the door and started yelling get down and started shooting,” Jamison’s report said.
Huggins told police that he went to his bedroom, “grabbed his gun and started returning fire.” Huggins said one of the invaders went down in the gunfire, and “that he knew that there had to be 2 people because after the guy he shot went down someone was still shooting.”
Huggins and Hardee told police they gathered the sleeping children and fled in their vehicle. Relatives of Huggins took the children, the report said.
For much more on this story see the March 27 Tabor-Loris Tribune print edition.